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Home Design Guides: Bathroom, Plumbing

Types of baths

We all know what a bathtub is, but you might not realise how many different types and styles there are to choose from. Find out more about bathtubs.

How to hire a plumber

Depending on the work you need done, you may need to give a little thought to who's going to do plumbing or gasfitting work in your home. Read our guide on how to choose the right plumber.

Cold water diverter

Cold water diverters

In most plumbing setups, it takes a while for hot water to reach the hot tap when it's turned on. Cold water diverters recycle the cold water which would otherwise pour down the drain in this time.

Traps, drains and wastes

Traps, drains and wastes

Also called drains and plugholes, wastes are the grills through which water is drained as it leaves your bathroom. Find out what variations exist for wastes.

How to choose a shower head

How to choose a shower head

The business end of the shower. Shower heads are often the most decorative aspect of a shower, as well as being vitally important to the shower's functionality.

Types and styles of taps

Types and styles of taps

Taps can come in matching bathroom sets, but can also be mixed and matched to great effect.

Unblocking a drain

How to unblock a drain

Blocked drains in your kitchen are no fun - but thankfully they're not too difficult to deal with. Read our guide on how to unblock a drain and save yourself from a watery disaster.

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A bidet

Bidets

They're not common in Australia, but bidets are very popular in some parts of the world. Find out how a bidet works, what it's used for and how to have one installed in your home.

Toilet bowls

Despite the fact that 95% of toilets seem to look the same, there are a surprising number of different bowl and seat options.

How to unblock a toilet

A blocked toilet can be an awful thing, and knowing the right way to unblock one can prevent a bad situation from becoming much, much worse...

WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

WaterMark labels

The WaterMark certification label signifies that a plumbing product complies with certain quality and performance standards.

Distance between water and power points

Regulations in Australia restrict where you're able to position power points in relation to sinks and taps. Find out what the rules say, and how far your power points will need to be from your kitchen sink.

Basins and sinks

Basins and sinks

Learn what differentiates different kinds of basins and sinks in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, as well as what types are available, and how they're attached to your plumbing systems.

Sink and tap regulations

There are several regulations in Australia that affect how you buy plumbing products, how they need to be positioned in relation to other parts of your kitchen, and how they need to be installed.

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